On any given night, an estimated 4,021 young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 experience homelessness in Los Angeles County, which is a 22 percent increase from 2018.  Among these individuals, 29 percent reported involvement with the child welfare system and 62 percent reported involvement with the juvenile or criminal justice systems. To ensure an accurate and detailed compilation of data of youth experiencing homelessness, today the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion, authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, that directs the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to provide a 90-day report back on the effectiveness of the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Youth Homeless Count (LA Youth Count).

“Young adults who lack support networks and who have experienced significant trauma throughout their young lives often struggle in finding stable housing, and we must come together to support this vulnerable population before many experience homelessness,” said Supervisor Solis. “We need to keep up the fight to end homelessness among these young adults so they could reach their full potential in life. I am committed to reducing homelessness among these youth and prioritizing their success. I will not stop until these young adults get the services they need to thrive.”

Young adults experiencing homelessness are more vulnerable to being trafficked and more likely to experience substance use, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder. People who lack stable housing at a young age are at a higher risk to experience chronic homelessness. LAHSA, USC, service providers, and volunteers partner to administer the LA Youth Count each year.

Today’s motion states that the LA Youth Count will take place Jan. 22 to Jan. 31, 2020, and that LA County will encourage County employees to volunteer for the count. The motion also directs LAHSA, and all other pertinent stakeholders, to provide a report back 90 days after the Youth Count results are made available. This report back must include recommendations on improving the LA Youth Count so that collected data could help enhance LAHSA’s services for young adults experiencing homelessness.

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Director of Communications, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov or 213-359-0795